Crowds flock to Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Thousands joined in the fun at Bishop Auckland Food Festival – where celebrity chefs, tasty treats and family activities were all on the menu.

More than 150 stalls lined the streets, with traders from County Durham and beyond selling curries, crepes, cocktails and mocktails, and more.

Famous chefs including plant-based and vegan duo BOSH! and BBC Saturday Kitchen presenter Matt Tebbutt wowed the crowds with outdoor cookery demonstrations.

With the sun shining for the most part, nearly 30,000 people attended the two-day event, which is organised by Durham County Council.

“It’s been another great weekend – packed with visitors and traders and people having a great time,” said Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economy and partnerships. “It’s another great example of the power of cultural events to attract footfall, providing an opportunity to see all Bishop Auckland has to offer and boosting trade for the local retailers and hospitality businesses that serve the town all year round.

“We’ve had stalls selling fantastic food and drink, celebrity chefs showing off their skills and live music, entertainment and activities for people of all ages. Traders have had an opportunity to reach new customers, with plenty of them selling out altogether. Best of all, people have come out and enjoyed themselves, which is what it’s all about.

“A huge effort goes into events like this and I’d like to thank our traders and celebrity guests, the festival’s supporters and sponsors, and all the staff and volunteers who have made this happen. Of course, this is just one of many events we organise and there are plenty more to look forward to this year, with Brass in July and Seaham Food Festival in August among the highlights.”

To keep updated on Bishop Auckland Food Festival visit the event’s website and follow its social media channels.

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